The ERA undertakes inquiries referred to it by the State Government of Western Australia. The aim of these inquiries is to provide independent advice to Government on a specific issue or set of issues.
An inquiry is initiated when the Treasurer issues 'terms of reference' to the ERA. The terms of reference defines the scope, process and duration of an inquiry and whether a public consultation process will be undertaken. Where we do ask for public comment any member of the public can participate and we welcome feedback from all sectors of the Western Australian community.
The ERA draws on information it receives from the public in formulating its findings, in addition to research and expertise from other sources.
There are 700 state government licensing schemes covering business and occupational licences, registrations, permits, approvals and other similar requirements in Western Australia. Business and occupational licences are those needed to start a business, operate a business or work in a regulated occupation. We have been asked to identify opportunities to improve licensing arrangements generally, and priority areas for reform and develop an analytical framework and guideline that State Government agencies can use to assess whether licences are needed, well designed, and efficiently administered.
Inquiry into business licensing reform in Western Australia
Inquiries can be undertaken on any economic issue, and need not relate to the regulation of utilities.
The ERA has completed a range of inquiries including Synergy’s electricity tariffs, and the enhancement of competition in the water sector, grain marketing, the chicken meat industry, and school bus contracting.
Completed inquiries list